January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Call for Proposals-California Science Education Conference October 25-27, 2013 Palm Springs: We need you to be a part of this, it’s all about the connections!

Posted: Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Dear Teachers,

I return from the 2012 California Science Education Conference excited, refreshed and especially eager to share what I have learned and try new things with my students. In the closing keynote, biofuels pioneer Josh Tickell noted one of the big changes in worldwide culture is that we are becoming more interconnected. The conference is a key place where science teachers can connect with each other and with new developments in science, and then go back to their schools to connect to students and fellow teachers. But, it only works if you share what you have to offer.

Every one of you has some great things to bring to the wider community of science teachers. Please consider presenting at the 2013 conference in Palm Springs and adding to our web of connection. A presentation could be an hour-long workshop, or a three-hour short course and we are also considering possible field trips in the Palm Springs area, so if you can guide a great trip, let us know by leaving a comment below.

The conference committee will also be looking for other avenues for the connecting of ideas. We need presentations for teachers from kindergarten through college level, and in all science subjects. We need practical teaching ideas, great labs, geeky science content, ideas to implement common core standards, looks ahead to the NGSS, inspiration, and hard-nosed reality checks. We need sessions for teachers, administrators and those who teach in informal settings. Please think about what you do that is great, and make a proposal to present in sunny Palm Springs!

Yours truly,

Peter A’Hearn
2013 California Science Education Conference Co-Chair

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Peter AHearn

Peter A’Hearn is the K-12 science specialist in the Palm Springs Unified School District and is Region 4 Director for CSTA.

4 Responses

  1. Peter:

    I am very interested in sending in a proposal for the 2013 conference in Palm Springs.
    Please send me the link to fill our the form. Thanks.

    Dennis Goodwin
    dgood10654@aol.com

  2. Dear Dennis,

    The links are in the article above, look for the blue text.

    Workshop Proposal: http://www.cascience.org/csta/conf_wsprop.asp
    Short Course Proposal: http://www.cascience.org/csta/conf_scprop.asp

  3. I would love to present for CSTA. I have done so in the past both for CSTA and NSTA. The question is whether LAUSD will release me to do so if it is a weekday? If I can arrange a Saturday or Sunday workshop date, I would be glad to send in a proposal. Linda Hoffman

  4. Dear Linda,
    We know that this is an issue for many teachers. You can indicate on your proposal that you are only available to present on the weekend.
    Best,
    CSTA

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